A take a look at Saturday for bubble groups chasing NCAA Event bids:
No. 7 Duke faces Virginia Tech within the title recreation of the ACC Event. It is an opportunity for retiring Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski to win this occasion for a file sixteenth time, however it’s additionally an enormous recreation for the Hokies, who might have the automated bid to make the NCAA Event.
Virginia Tech, seeded seventh on this match, is making an attempt to change into the second crew to win it with 4 victories in 4 days. The Hokies (22-12) beat No. 25 North Carolina within the semifinals and have received 12 of their final 14 video games to place themselves within the at-large dialog. A loss to Duke would not replicate significantly badly on them. The query is whether or not they want this final victory to get in.
Virginia Tech was simply 1-6 in Quadrant 1 video games earlier than beating the Tar Heels. Krzyzewski mentioned the problem the ACC is having is that its nonconference efficiency damage the rankings of the league’s groups, and in consequence, the wins groups have earned towards one another since then have not been value as a lot.
“Normally the ACC advantages from that as a result of we often have an amazing (nonconference) and so we are able to get 9, 10 groups in. As a result of wins towards 4 or 5 totally different groups produce good numbers for it,” the Duke coach mentioned. “You must do nicely within the nonconference, and we didn’t do nicely within the nonconference and we’re paying a worth for it. I simply want there was somewhat little bit of a special method of taking a look at the entire thing.”
Texas A&M: The bubble needs to be rooting towards Virginia Tech on Saturday, and towards Texas A&M as nicely. The Aggies (22-11) have received seven of eight after beating No. 4 Auburn within the SEC Event quarterfinals Friday. Texas A&M would strengthen its NCAA Event case much more with a win over No. 15 Arkansas within the semis.
Indiana: The Hoosiers’ bubble seemed to be on the verge of bursting after they fell method behind Michigan on Thursday within the Massive Ten Event, however they rallied to win that recreation after which knocked off No. 16 Illinois within the quarterfinals Friday. Indiana (20-12) was a No. 12 seed within the NCAA Event as of Friday morning within the composite Bracket Matrix projection, and the win over the Illini ought to make the Hoosiers really feel a bit safer.
Davidson: The bubble groups needs to be pulling for the Wildcats (26-5) to win the Atlantic 10 Event, merely to disclaim attainable bid thieves Richmond, Saint Louis and Dayton. Davidson faces Saint Louis within the semifinals Saturday.
We have definitely seen this earlier than from Michigan State (22-11) — begin to the season, adopted by prolonged durations of angst, adopted by a postseason resurgence. Tom Izzo’s crew has reached the semifinals of its convention match and faces No. 9 Purdue. … North Texas was ranked thirty ninth within the NET rankings earlier than Friday’s loss within the Convention USA Event. The Imply Inexperienced (24-6) can hope for an at-large bid however they’ve put themselves in a tough place. … SMU (23-7) retains enhancing its profile. The Mustangs routed Tulsa on Friday and may add one other massive win in the event that they beat Memphis (20-9) within the AAC Event semifinals.
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